Antonio Viana, president of commercial and global development and executive vice president at ARM Holdings, said the premium segment of the smartphone market will grow much slower than the other areas -- only about 4 percent each year through 2018 versus 14 percent annual growth for mid-range devices and 17 percent annual growth for low-end phones. The high-end market will grow more in North America, he said, but Apple still … Read more
Wearables: Everybody in the tech world is talking about them, but no one has quite nailed it -- yet.
The category, which includes everything from smart glasses that record video to watches that answer phone calls, is generating some of the biggest buzz in the tech industry, and for good reason. Wearables are a long way from overtaking smartphones, but the market is expected to grow at a fast pace over the next few years.
Perhaps no one has a better view of what's ahead in the wearables market than the companies supplying the critical components. CNET talked with … Read more
Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.
And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series -- targeted at servers -- can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.
AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the "highest performing processor," according to ARM.
Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.
The chip supplier is highlighting the 64-bit aspect of the processor.
"AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a...64-bit … Read more
When you think of robots in factories, you probably imagine those autonomous arms with lasers or pinchers on the end, doing fancy things like putting cars together. Since those robots are cost-prohibitive and large, they don't exactly make great office companions. A uArm on Kickstarter, however, will give you a similar effect in a much smaller package.
The Arduino-powered uArm is inspired by the industrial-strength ABB PalletPack robot arm. It's strong enough to lift up and relocate a full can of soda. The possibilities for such a gadget are quite varied. You could use it to dish out cat treats, move chess pieces, or hand you a pen when you need one.… Read more
The Santa Clara, Calif., semiconductor giant used ARM-based chips for some of the demos, the company confirmed, though it declined to specify which wearables used such chips. PCMag first reported the news.
Intel downplayed the use of the ARM chips. The company has held an ARM license for many years, and its Infineon acquisition also uses ARM. The smartwatch Intel showed at CES used an Infineon system-on-chip with an ARM core that has … Read more
Imagine you work in a manufacturing plant where your job is to hang a car door on a hinge with the help of a large robot. You're using a lever to guide the bot to the precise drop-off location, so you need to be close enough to see what you're doing. Chances are, you want this bot to be as intelligent as possible, unless of course you're willing to risk life and limb for some kind of disability pay.
Intel's chip manufacturing operations could take on yet another ARM customer if a Citi Research analyst's supposition is correct.
Yeung goes on to say, in the research note obtained by CNET:Yes it's ARM. Producing baseband/[application processor] chips for Marvell indeed implies that Intel will be fabricating ARM solutions on their 22nm process. This underscores the approach of Intel's new management to be agnostic to logic cores in … Read more
Freescale Semiconductor, a maker of small, low-power processors, has announced an effort based on a $149, Android-powered, open-source electronics board to try to help hardware developers build its chips into wearable computing devices.
Wearable computing has become the hot thing as companies seek to claim new territory in the tech market. The starting point is fitness devices, but smart watches like the Qualcomm Toq and eyewear like Google Glass offer more general-purpose possibilities, too.
Calxeda, a relatively well-funded ARM processor startup that seemed destined for success, has run out of money and shut down.
"Carrying the load of industry pioneer has exceeded our ability to continue to operate as we had envisioned," Karl Freund, VP of marketing, and Barry Evans, president, said in a joint statement distributed to the media.
Lack of funding was the immediate cause. "[They] pulled the plug because they couldn't secure funding for a next round," said Pat Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.
They had raised more than $90 million in venture … Read more
Google is considering making its own server chips, Bloomberg reported Thursday. It's possible, but take the story with some grains of salt.
The idea would be to make server chips based on ARM Holdings' designs, the report said, citing one person familiar with the matter and raising the possibility that server chip giant Intel could be hurt by the move.
I've watched the server market and Google for years, and I'll agree it's possible. Google builds its own servers -- thousands and thousands of them -- as well as its software. Extending farther down into the … Read more